About the Author

Award-winning author Holly Hodder Eger is a New Englander from Belmont, Massachusetts, who has lived around the world. Her travel articles and personal commentaries have been featured in several national as well as local newspapers. She graduated with honors from Harvard College, received an M.A. in English from the University of Virginia, and worked as an editor and writer for public relations firms, advertising agencies, and magazines before starting her own freelance business. Holly and her husband, having moved their three children and dogs internationally seven times, now divide their time between Martha’s Vineyard, Chicago, and Northern California, where she leads writing workshops and teaches writing to high school seniors. She is currently at work on a fictional autobiography of her great-grandaunt, Jessie Donaldson Hodder, who was an early 20th-century feminist and prison reformer who also happened to be dear friends with the philosopher William James.

Split Rock is her first novel.

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Recently published work
Remembering the Past, Living in the Present – Vineyard Gazette
Finding Excitement in All the Right Places – Vineyard Gazette
Disinfected Dreams – WCAI, Cape and Islands
Dreaming of Better Dreams – Vineyard Gazette
Reflections on a Pandemic – WCAI, Cape and Islands
In Case of Lightning, Grab a Lama – Vineyard Gazette
Chocolate Speaks Louder Than Words – Vineyard Gazette
In My Father’s Mind Are Many Rooms – Vineyard Gazette
After I Waved Goodbye to My Boy – Vineyard Gazette

Guided by that old Vineyard magic – Vineyard Gazette
Vineyard vernal vibes: renovate from the inside out – MV Times
Hob Knob features writer at exclusive workshop weekend – South Coast Today
Library and book shop collaborate on books & authors’ festival – Cape News
Announcing the results of the 2019 Independent Publisher Book Awards – Independent Publisher
Announcing the 13th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards – Indie Excellence
Rejuvenate, Read, and Explore – Cape Air Bird’s Eye View Magazine

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  1. ELLEN E MCDONALD August 29, 2017 — 3:04 pm

    Hi Holly,
    My girlfriend bought this book for me when she and her husband were on a birthday overnight on the Vineyard! I have a signed copy, thank you. I am so grateful to you for writing this book. I couldn’t put it down! This book brought my past, present, and future into perspective. I think we all glorify the past with little memories of the pain and we don’t take into consideration all of our experiences and how we’ve grown as individuals, and we are where we should be. My favorite part was the red cardinal representing your Aunt Faye, I woke up the next morning after reading your book and just outside my window was a male and female cardinal playing in the tree. I’ve always thought that nature does bring those people we love and miss in death to our everyday life, we just need to pay attention. I did that morning and will forever be grateful as that was my mother and father who I miss dearly.
    Keep writing,


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